Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford ‘axed from This Morning slot’ after 14 years

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have been axed from their Friday slot on the ITV daytime hit show This Morning and are being replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary.

The married duo have been presenting the show on Friday's and during school half-terms and summer holidays since 2006.

For 14 years the pair have stepped in for the show's main hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on a Friday, but now have allegedly been told they will be replaced by Alison and Dermot after their successful previous appearances.

The Mirror reports that the pair are "furious and upset" over the news but will still host the show during the kids' summer holidays whilst Holly and Phil are off.

Alison, who is a 45-year-old mother-of-one, has been on the show for years as a roving reporter and is widely loved by the show's audience.

The bubbly star and X Factor presenter O'Leary, 47, have hosted This Morning together before when stepping in to cover the stars last month, during the half-term holidays.

According to The Mirror, an insider said bosses believe the pair have a "real warmth" between them and that "It's time for a change and they are perfect".

The inside continued: "Eamonn is pretty furious and everyone feels for him and Ruth, they are well liked on the team, but sometimes tough decisions have to be made."

It comes after Ruth, 60, said she isn't worried about losing her job amid reports of a diversity shake-up at ITV.

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In September it was rumoured that ITV were looking to make their line-up more diverse.

Back in July Dame Carolyn McCall, ITV’s chief executive, was quoted at a press conference that they were working to "change in diversity and inclusion on screen and across ITV by creating more opportunities for those from Black, Asian, minority ethnic and other underrepresented groups".

Speaking with The Sun previously, Ruth opened up on if she was worried about her future on the show.

Asked if she's worried, she replied at the time: "Not really. I don’t think about it. I just get on with it and do my job.

"I’m not in control of those things and I am a firm believer in not worrying about things you can’t control.

"If there are discussions happening in management, I’m not part of those. So until somebody says otherwise, I will do my job and love it, like I have done for 17 years."

Eamonn, 60, has reportedly confided in recent weeks that he feared being too "pale, stale and male" for the award-winning show, which has drawn criticism for not having enough diversity among the presenters.

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